(105 ILCS 5/2-3.25f)
(from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.25f)
(a) The State Board of Education shall provide technical
assistance to assist with the development and implementation of School and District Improvement Plans.
Schools or school districts that fail to make reasonable efforts to
approved Improvement Plan may suffer loss of State funds by school
district, attendance center, or program as the State Board of Education
(b) Beginning in 2017, if, after 3 years following its identification as a priority district under Section 2-3.25d-5 of this Code, a district does not make progress as measured by a reduction in achievement gaps commensurate with the targets in this State's approved accountability plan with the U.S. Department of Education, then the
State Board of Education may (i)
change the recognition status of the school district or school to
nonrecognized or (ii) authorize the State Superintendent
of Education to direct the reassignment of pupils
or direct the reassignment or replacement of school district personnel. If
a school district is nonrecognized in its entirety, it shall automatically
be dissolved on July 1 following that nonrecognition and its territory
realigned with another school district or districts by the regional board
of school trustees in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section
7-11 of the School Code. The effective date of the nonrecognition of a school
shall be July 1 following the nonrecognition.
(b-5) The State Board of Education shall also develop a system to provide assistance and resources to lower performing school districts. At a minimum, the State Board shall identify school districts to receive priority services, to be known as priority districts under Section 2-3.25d-5 of this Code. The school district shall provide the exclusive bargaining representative with a 5-day notice that the district has been identified as a priority district. In addition, the State Board may, by rule, develop other categories of low-performing schools and school districts to receive services.
Based on the results of the district needs assessment under Section 2-3.25d-5 of this Code, the State Board of Education shall work with the district to provide technical assistance and professional development, in partnership with the district, to implement a continuous improvement plan that would increase outcomes for students. The plan for continuous improvement shall be based on the results of the district needs assessment and shall be used to determine the types of services that are to be provided to each priority district. Potential services for a district may include monitoring adult and student practices, reviewing and reallocating district resources, developing a district leadership team, providing access to curricular content area specialists, and providing online resources and professional development.
The State Board of Education may require priority districts identified as having deficiencies in one or more core functions of the district needs assessment to undergo an accreditation process as provided in subsection (d) of Section 2-3.25f-5 of this Code.
(c) All federal requirements apply to schools and school districts
federal funds under Title I, Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary
Education Act of 1965.
(Source: P.A. 98-1155, eff. 1-9-15; 99-193, eff. 7-30-15; 99-203, eff. 7-30-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)